by Lloyd Billingsley
Bay Area Democrat seeks a safe space for Stalinists.
Bay Area Democrat Rob Bonta has authored AB 22, which repeals part of a law allowing state employees to be fired for being members of the Communist Party. Bonta, 44, earned his JD at Yale but like the old-line establishment media he betrays total ignorance of the Communist Party and why the state should never hire or retain any Communist Party members.
American Communists were “volunteer members of a militarized colonial service, pledged to carry out the decisions of our supreme rulers resident at Moscow anywhere in the world but particularly in the land we were colonizing for Communism, the United States.” That was Ben Gitlow, Communist Party candidate for vice-president in 1924 and 1928. The Soviets established the Communist International, the Comintern, to manage their parties in other countries.
Party leaders such as William Z. Foster authored books such as Toward Soviet America, but the CPUSA never caught on with American voters. Many Party members bailed out after Stalin’s pact with Hitler in 1939. Others left after Stalin swung the USSR back to its traditional anti-Semitism in the late 1940s, and others after the Khrushchev revelations of 1956. It took a special kind of person to join the Party after that, but some were up to the task.
Few African Americans joined an overwhelmingly white party that represented an all-white foreign dictatorship. That proved no impediment to Angela Davis, who joined the CPUSA and at UCLA duly gained her first teaching job, which she retained despite attempts to fire her for her Party ties.
Davis left UCLA in 1970 and gained fame for supporting violent convicts such as Black Panther George Jackson, who killed a guard at Soledad Prison. Davis supplied the weapons for a courthouse gun battle in which a judge’s head was blown off. That case made her a national figure and in 1979 Davis won the International Lenin Peace Prize.
In 1980 and 1984 Angela Davis was the vice-presidential candidate of the Communist Party USA, on the bottom of the ticket under white Stalinist Gus Hall. Communists Davis and Hall twice lost to Ronald Reagan and George Bush, but serving as the candidate of a hostile foreign power did not prevent Davis from becoming professor of the history of consciousness and feminist studies, two non-disciplines, at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
There she was a state employee, but never fired for her CPUSA membership and candidacy for a foreign totalitarian state. Davis remains a UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor, and she was the keynote speaker at Washington demonstrations following Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Assemblyman Bonta did not mention Davis’ case, nor that of Bert Corona, who joined the Communist Party in the 1930s and dropped out of USC to become a professional Party agitator, what would now be called an “organizer.” The violence-prone Corona had no college degree and was completely unqualified for a job at Cal State LA, which hired him anyway.
Corona founded Hermandad Mexicana and bilked the state department of education out of $7 million. When investigators discovered the scandal, state education boss Delaine Eastin, another Bay Area Democrat, demoted the whistleblowers and kept the money flowing. The verbose Eastin is now running for governor of California, hoping that nobody remembers the rip-off or knew about it in the first place.
As the record shows, even the most high-profile Communist Party members, representatives of hostile foreign governments, can easily secure and retain high-paying jobs with the state of California. Rob Bonta wants that to continue, but he’s unclear whether members of some National Socialist party, Ku Kluckers and such should be able to get and keep state jobs without fear of dismissal. His bill provides a safe space only for Communist Party members.
Bonta was born in the Philippines, an “Asian Pacific Islander” in California’s politically correct caste system. He claims his intent is only to change the “McCarthyite, paranoid” intent of the current law, protect people’s rights, and align California with the Constitution. In all likelihood, Bonta intends his commie caper to establish his leftist credentials and prove that all Asians are not anti-Communists like so many of the Vietnamese in Orange County.
Senate Democrats officially dissed them in February by celebrating Tom Hayden, the Uncle Tom of the Vietnamese Communist regime, who passed away last year. A staffer for Senate boss Kevin de Leon forbade Hanoi-born senator Janet Nguyen, a refugee from the Stalinist regime, from speaking out against Hayden. When she did so, the Democrats shut down her microphone then had the woman physically ejected from the Senate floor.
Assemblyman Bonta, who claims dedication to Constitutional rights, has not made it clear whether the denial of Nguyen’s free-speech rights disturbs him. For her part, Nguyen is pushing back at Bonta’s bill.
“Many California residents still bear the painful scars of having lived under communist regimes,” she told reporters. “And now Sacramento wants to allow avowed Communist Party members to work for the state of California. The bill is an incredible insult to Californians who have escaped communism.”
The bill is also an insult to anybody who knows anything about Communism and its history. For that reason alone, the odds are strong that state Democrats will pass Bonta’s Communist protection act and recurring governor Jerry Brown will gladly sign the measure. It’s who they are.
Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation, and Bill of Writes: Dispatches from the Political Correctness Battlefield.
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